Things To Do In Haines
1. Sightsee Haines
Haines may be a tiny town, but it serves up a wealth of activities. Check out the abundant bears, bald eagles, and other wildlife as you improve your camera skills on a photography tour. Then take to two wheels and pedal around this quaint town; rent a bike or opt for a guided bicycle tour of just a few hours or several days. Visit Fort William H. Seward, which dates to 1902 and is now a showcase for Alaska Indian art—it’s just a 10-minute walk from downtown. And explore the town’s fascinating museums and cultural centers, covering everything from native Tlingit people to hammers.
2. Get Out on the Water
Shimmering waters surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped peaks make for a thrilling kayaking or rafting tour. Choose from single or multi-day trips and be ready to be awed. You can also easily visit nearby Skagway by hopping on the Haines Skagway Fast Ferry (the fastest way to get between the two towns); once there, enjoy of all of the fun things to do in Skagway.
3. Go for a Hike
Take advantage of the town’s unique location by hiking its variety of trails. Some of them wind around the beautiful coastline and lead to beaches and magnificent views; others climb high into the mountains, offering stunning overlooks (like Mt. Ripinski, where you can get a beautiful perspective on the entire Haines area). You’ll also find good hiking trails right in town.
4. Look for Wildlife
The Haines area is home to tons of wildlife—from moose to bears and a variety of birds—and you may even see some of them right downtown! While you can spot bald eagles here year-round, thousands more arrive in fall; the result is more bald eagles than anywhere else in the world. Check them out at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. And further celebrate these birds during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, held every year in November.
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Guided sea kayaking in Alaska’s Southeast opens up the magical world of water-based touring. Glide through a marine environment with gorgeous views in every direction, and many opportunities to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy schedules and multi-day immersions, all under the expert guidance of naturalists who help you understand the complex workings of a unique and amazing ...more
Day Trip, $500 per per hour | Multi-Day, $2800 per day (whole boat, up to 6 pax)
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: S/V Arcturus
This Southeast Alaska-based tour operator will leave you with a new definition of what it means to have a once-in-a-lifetime Alaska cruise: You sail on an intimate vessel — often getting to steer yourself, under the supervision of an experienced licensed captain — while exploring away from the crowds, and getting a wonderfully up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sailings from Juneau and Sitka.
Sockeye Cycle offers fabulously in-depth trips that stretch across the state, and even into Canada, and last anywhere from 3 to 12 days. Cycling around Alaska is special in a few ways. The roads can sometimes be quirky, and sometimes a little more rugged than a freshly paved road somewhere else. But on the other hand, you‘ll likely get the road to yourself, so you can relax and spend more time enjoying the scenery. These multi-day trips offer a ...more
Operating from May to September, this private ferry service is the easiest and fastest way to travel between Haines and Skagway. The 45-minute ride passes through Taiya Inlet, a steep-walled rocky fjord just outside of Skagway, and then opens up to the Lynn Canal near Haines. As you ride, look for seals and sea lions, as well as humpback, minke, and orca whales. Don’t forget to look up from the water from time to time to check out the ...more
Some people love the view of Alaska from the side of a ship, or from above in a bush plane. But this cycle shop and tour operator based in Haines and Skagway proves that there’s nothing quite like the view of Alaska from atop two wheels, as you glide through the gorgeously unique scenery. Its day trips are a fabulous way for independent travelers and cruise passengers to take a detour on their voyage, enjoying a different pace and perspective on ...more